Cable terminations

Wire cables and ropes can resist very high-tensile forces but their ends cannot be threaded or welded. For low-tensile forces or for temporary connections, the cables can be clamped. For higher tensile forces, a number of methods are available, the most common of which are the socket termination and the swaged (or pressed) termination.

In a socket termination, the individual wires are spread into a conical-shaped steel casting (see Figure 7.10) and are anchored using zinc or resin. The casting can then be attached to any particular fitting or linking device by means of a threaded coupler (see Figure 7.11).

A swaged termination is usually provided by the manufacturer and details of various swaged terminations (with associated linkages) are reviewed in Section 7.5.6.

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